Delicious Thanksgiving Desserts

by moderndomestic on November 24, 2010

If you’re an urbanite like me, chances are you won’t be cooking the entire Thanksgiving meal tomorrow. I’m going to a Thanksgiving potluck myself, and most of my friends are visiting their families or in-laws (or potential in-laws). So if you don’t know what to bring to your Thanksgiving celebration, never fear!  I have some delicious recipes that are fun, seasonal, and very holiday appropriate.

So what’s everyone bringing to their holiday shindigs tomorrow? I’ll be bringing pumpkin whoopie pies, and possibly another pie (since, you know, pie is the new “thing” now).

Grandmother Kroener’s Rolls
Okay, so I know this isn’t a dessert, but they’re so delicious I have to mention them. This is my great-grandmother’s recipe, and it’s a doozy. We make these sweet, yeasty rolls on three days of the year – Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. They are by far my favorite part of any holiday meal – buttery, salty, and sweet, with a soft texture and tight crumb.

Pumpkin whoopie pies with cream cheese filling
This is what I’m bringing tomorrow – the pumpkin cookies are soft and cake-like, and the pumpkin really shines through. And no, I can’t get enough cream cheese icing.

Apple Turnovers with Cheddar Crust
These are delicious – the cheddar crust is just a little savory, and the apples are sweet and tart. It’s like taking a classic cheese plate pairing – apple and cheddar – and putting it into hand pie form.

Caramel Pumpkin Pie
I loved this pie – the cooked sugar in the caramel lends a dark note that works really well with the pumpkin.

Pumpkin pie
The classic recipe that makes a yearly appearance in the Huntsberger household. My mother is on a constant mission to make my father like this pie (he hates winter squash). So far, it’s still a work in progress.

Pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting and candied walnuts
This was a huge hit at the party I went to last year. I know a lot of these recipes use pumpkin and cream cheese but come on! It’s so good! And the walnuts add a lovely crunch.

Caramel walnut apple pie
I love this pie. The caramel is bitter and sweet, the apples are tart, the walnuts are bitter and earthy –  it’s so good! And it’s fun to dress up a classic apple pie every once in awhile.

Pumpkin cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting
If you still think that cupcakes are “in” then these would be very party-appropriate. I loved  the combo of pumpkin and maple – and the pumpkin makes these cupcakes incredibly moist.

Good luck tomorrow everyone! And Happy Thanksgiving!

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Aimee November 25, 2010 at 1:45 pm

I’m making pumpkin hand pies. Using your dough recipe from the cherry hand pie post of a while back, and using the filling recipe from your pumpkin pie, except I roasted a mystic sugar pumpkin from my farm share for the filling. I roasted it and put it through the food processor – it tasted light and sweet and not like it had been in a can for a year. Can’t wait to taste – and the beauty part is that I can eat one and nobody else will ever know,unlike a pie where people probably would notice if a slice were missing – thanks for the inspiration Jenna!


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